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Google seeks patent on GPS and weather controlled camera

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Google seeks patent on GPS and weather controlled camera
Google's patent allows GPS and weather data to control the settings on a camera

Google's patent allows GPS and weather data to control the settings on a camera

Google has filed an application with the USPTO for "Device, System and Method for Image Capture Device using Weather Information". It is a big fancy title for a rather simple, but effective idea. The idea is that by using data provided by GPS and adding it to the current weather conditions, the settings on a camera can be perfectly aligned to take great pictures. The controls that would be affected are ones that most people don't ever touch, or even know about such as White Balance, ISO and exposure balance.

Imaging seeing your camera adjust its settings automatically depending on whether you're inside or outside, something that can be determined by GPS. The weather information can be used to determine if it is a sunny day, or if is raining or even overcast. Will this be something that ever finds its way into an Android phone? As long as it doesn't add much to the cost, most people would enjoy having anything that improves the quality of their pictures without having to tinker with the settings.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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posted on 01 Apr 2013, 20:56 5

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3226; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Isn't this something that's considered too generic to patent?

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 21:04 16

2. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Not as generic as rounded corners

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 21:06 11

3. Joker (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


So "rectangle with rounded corners" is not generic

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:06 3

4. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Hahahahaha but a wrap around screen that sony already made is just so innovative. Go home Mxyzptlk your drunk

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:18 4

7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


He likes Apple, we couldn't do anything. Just let him be an Apple fanboy, he think's that Apple make excellent products that people want to buy. lol xD

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:12 2

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


He's probably wondering why he is the only one waiting in line for their gaming console.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 06:16

13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha....true! :)

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:04

16. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Dont forget about the iwatch..

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:14 1

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You would be correct if apple was in the title instead of Google.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 03:35 1

12. taikucing (unregistered)


This idea has an algorithm.
I don't find any algorithms used in rounded corners.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 18:08

15. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Ahh... now it all makes sense. You have no idea what "generic" is.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:10 1

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 10125; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sweet idea. It would be hella easy to use in the LV, since we almost always have perfect weather...and perfect eye candy ;)

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:15 4

6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Neat Google, this is very neat, I'm waiting for this one. And patent everything so you will not be sued by cr@pple.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:19

10. digitalw (Posts: 48; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


amaizing!!! That meens, that you, as a user, can be sued in this scenario:
1. It's a cloudy weather
2. You have non Android phone
3. You select CLOUDY WEATHER in the camera app.

I like Google, but in this case, they got to far. Sad to see that companies (not only in consumer electronics) are gone to far without any moral, ethics or basic human culture... sad world.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 08:47

14. sprockkets (Posts: 1084; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Only if your phone uses the GPS to do it, dumbass.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 03:06 2

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Novartis just loses patent case in India. Court rules that patent cannot be granted just for reformulating whatever existed and is known to mankind (so to say). As a result now anti cancer drug to cost $200 instead of $2500

Good ... patents should be annulled in public interests. :)

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